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Northern Iowa vs. North Carolina 11/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0) at Northern Iowa Panthers (1-1)

NCAA Basketball: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Northern Iowa Panthers and the North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are off to a 1-1 start to the season losing to Colorado State and bouncing back with a win against Stephen F. Austin. Northern Iowa is averaging 74 points and they are shooting 50 percent from the floor including 38.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Jeremy Morgan leads UNI averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Wes Washpun is averaging 16.5 points and 5.0 rebounds, Matt Bohannon is averaging 16 points, and Paul Jesperson is averaging 10 points and 6.0 rebounds. Northern Iowa always schedules big so facing the number one team in the country isn’t something they should be mesmerized by.

Northern Iowa vs. North Carolina 11/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are off to a 3-0 start and are the number one ranked team in the nation. North Carolina is averaging 87 points and they are shooting 50.8 percent from the floor while defensively allowing 63.3 points per game with their opponents shooting 38 percent. Kennedy Meeks leads UNC averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Brice Johnson is averaging 16 points and 11.7 rebounds, Joel Berry II is averaging 15 points, and Nate Britt is averaging 13 points. North Carolina still is playing without Marcus Paige who is their best player.

Northern Iowa is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 15-5-3 against the spread in their last 23 games, and 10-3-2 against the spread following a win. North Carolina is 5-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games.

When I was looking at this game I thought we might get some value with Northern Iowa but this line is too low and while it could be a trap the play is North Carolina. 

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North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5

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